If you don't live in a community that mandates it, you've probably heard of composting, but you might not know exactly why it's so important. Maybe there's so much you already do to reduce your carbon footprint, that hanging on to your food scraps seems unnecessary. But composting is actually one of the best things you can do for the environment, and it's a tangible way to affect change. Besides being so easy, it has some profound benefits for our communities, too – here's our favourite three.
1. Fewer landfills = Happy Planet: The most obvious reason to compost is to create less garbage. Less garbage means fewer landfills. Fewer landfills mean not just a cleaner environment, but a healthier one, too. At least 40% of your garbage can be composted, so you can reduce your personal contribution to landfills by nearly half.
Remember, landfills aren't benign trash collectors. They're nasty heaps of rotting garbage that create toxic gases that can seep into the air and groundwater, and they take up valuable, finite space. Diverting waste from them is a simple but powerful step towards greener communities.
2. An Energy Resource: Rich soil isn't the only valuable resource you'll make composting – that comes later in the process. Organic waste is actually a valuable resource itself. The food scraps you normally trash can be used to create low-carbon, sustainable energy – it's called biomass energy, and it could supplement other alternative energies, like wind and solar.
3. Beautiful, Beautiful Compost: It says it in the name – when you're composting, you're creating compost, the high quality, organic and free soil that you can use in your garden. Nutrient dense and fertile, it will help you grow better yields and healthy plants easier. Or if you're lucky enough to live in a municipality with a composting program, it will be used in local farms and parks. You're literally turning trash into much-needed treasure.
Sometimes, the benefits of our green activities aren't immediate or immediately clear – but that's not the case with composting. We love it because its benefits are widespread (we could go on and on - stay tuned!), and it can easily be done in our own homes. It's a way to effect really positive change, today, in a really obvious way, and you'll end up with a great product that you – or your local farmers – will love.